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Aspiring acrobat Dotty is performing with Circus Berlin during their visit to Halifax
A 12-year-old acrobat from Hebden Bridge took part in Circus Berlin's performance.

Theresa May to resign as prime minister

Theresa May is to quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving way for contest to decide new UK prime minister.

Theresa May
PA

In an emotional statement in Downing Street Mrs May said she had "done my best" to honour the EU referendum result.

It would remain a matter of "deep regret" that she had been unable to deliver Brexit, she added.

BreakingTheresa May to quit as leader on 7 June

Prime Minister Theresa May says she will resign as leader of the Conservative Party on Friday 7 June.

Theresa May
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Watch: Friday's weather forecast

Gillian Brown

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It should be dry and fine today, with light winds and a good deal of sunny spells.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire weather: Sunny start and staying warm

There will be a good deal of dry, warm and sunny weather today, with some patchy cloud likely to develop.

One or two showers may also form this afternoon, although these will be isolated.

Any showers will fade this evening, to leave it dry overnight with clear periods and perhaps one or two mist patches:

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Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Friday morning, most services appear to be running to time so far.

However, the 07:42 Bradford Interchange to Leeds service is reported to have been cancelled.

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Charity celebrates 30 years of empowering young women

A Leeds charity is celebrating its 30th anniversary by sharing stories from young women across the city whose lives it has helped improve.

Getaway Girls
Getaway Girls

Getaway Girls, based in Harehills, empowers girls and young women aged 11 to 25 to build their confidence, develop new skills and take positive risks.

It was set up in 1989 and since then has supported more than 12,560 young women who have been affected by issues such as domestic violence, teenage pregnancy,poverty and sexual exploitation.

Emily shared her story of how the charity helped her after she was involved in a controlling relationship and became pregnant at 19.

By joining the charity's young mums' group she was able to find friendship and support.

"As a young, single mum, you're automatically put into a category," she said.

"Your life is over, no chance of amounting to anything.

"It didn't matter how many GCSEs or A Levels I had, or had, or what my talents were. All my friends were off being normal 19-year-olds and I'm at home with my baby.

"It was nice to spend time with people that actually understood what it was like to be in my shoes."

A celebration event is being held at The Faversham later to mark the birthday milestone.

Thousands of bags of litter cleared in roads spring clean

More than 5,000 bags of litter have been collected from Yorkshire's motorways over the last two months in a big spring clean, Highways England has revealed.

Litter pickers
HIghways England

The organisation's "litter champion", Tim Calvert, says: "Staff found settees, microwaves, a carpet and even a mattress dumped at the side of the M1 and M18."

Rubbish bags
Highways England

Nationally, about 200,000 bags of litter are collected from UK motorways every year, according to Highways England.

Police 'increased presence' after gunfire in Halifax

Police patrols have been increased in part of Halifax after a parked car was shot at.

Gibbet St
Google

Officers say they were called to Gibbet Street at about midnight on Monday after a report that a firearm had been discharged at a parked car.

A short time later, a white Jeep-style car believed to be involved in the offence, was found burnt out nearby.

Det Ch Insp Heather Whoriskey said: “This is obviously a very concerning incident and we are taking it extremely seriously. Although no-one was injured, it has caused understandable fear in the area.

“I would appeal for anyone with information or anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour to contact police.

“There will be an increased policing presence in the area to provide reassurance to the community," she added.

Watch: Thursday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Today will be dry and fine with sunny periods and just a little patchy cloud.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today will be dry and fine with sunny periods and a little breezy.

Tonight will be dry and the winds will ease.

There will be lengthy clear periods, with occasional misty patches:

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European elections 2019: Polls held across Yorkshire

Voters across Yorkshire and the whole of the UK are heading to the polls for the European Parliament elections.

Polling station sign
EPA

Seventy-three MEPs will be elected in nine constituencies in England, and one each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Each region has a different number of representatives based on its population - ranging from three MEPs in the North East and Northern Ireland to 10 MEPs in the South East.

Polling stations in the UK will be open until 22:00.

Results will not be announced until all EU nations have voted over the next three days - with the whole process completed by 22:00 on Sunday.

Check you Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Thursday morning, most services appear to be running to time so far.

However:

  • The 06:53 Sheffield to Plymouth service is delayed
  • The 06:47 Wakefield to St Pancras service is delayed
  • The 07:28 Sheffield to St Pancras service is delayed
  • the 07:42 Bradford Interchange to Leeds service is cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Drugs, cash seized and 11 arrested in 'county lines' raids

Police cracking down on drug gang activity in West Yorkshire say they've made 11 so-called "county lines" arrests in the past week.

Suspect in handcuffs
BBC

County lines is the name given to gangs and organised crime networks in urban areas exploiting children and vulnerable people to sell drugs in rural areas.

As part of the operation, offices seized cocaine and cash to a value of £120,000 as well as a quantity of crack cocaine.

The force says a vulnerable man and a vulnerable woman were also identified and safeguarded.

Watch: Wednesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Today will be fine and dry with plenty of sunshine - but a little cloud too.

Watch my full forecast here:

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Wednesday morning, most services appear to be running to time so far.

However, the 07:54 Bradford Forster Square to Leeds service has been cancelled.

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Family's hope for closure after conviction for 1994 murder

The family of a murdered 86-year-old Bradford woman hope to finally find closure after her killer was jailed 25 years after her death.

Raymond Kay
West Yorkshire Police

Relatives of Amy Shepherd say she was a "lovely, harmless old lady who did not deserve the cruelty she endured" when she was killed in Wibsey, Bradford, West Yorkshire, in August 1994.

They thanked police for bringing Raymond Kay, 70, to justice after he was convicted of murder at Bradford Crown Court.

In a statement, the family said: "There has not been a day which has gone by since that fateful day when we have not thought about her. We talk about her often and miss her dearly, even after so many years."

New DNA testing had led to Kay's arrest at his home in Baker Fold, Halifax, in January last year, and he has now been found guilty after trial.

Det Supt Int Chris Gibson said “Kay might have thought that he had ‘got away’ with what he did advances in DNA techniques mean we are increasingly able to bring people to justice for their crimes, even if they were committed many years previously.”

Unsafe driving targeted in M1 police operation

More than 100 vehicles were stopped by police in Yorkshire as they clamped down on motorists driving illegally on the motorway.

A lorry carrying some stone
South Yorkshire Police

Five vehicles were seized by South and West Yorkshire police officers as part of the week-long operation between junctions 30-42 of the M1.

One HGV which was stopped was seen carrying stone slabs held only with netting, while a van packed to a dangerous level with metal goods was also taken off the road.

A red van
South Yorkshire Police

Two people were also arrested for immigration offences, South Yorkshire Police said.

The Two Sides of Silver Street

Grace Dent tells the story of one street that contains a clash of two worldviews.
In many ways Silver Street in Halifax is a street like any other. Yet it also contains a scene you probably won't find anywhere else in the country.

At the end of the street is Calderdale Women's Centre. It provides support to female victims of abuse, facing financial difficulties or suffering from health problems. Just a few yards across the road from the Centre is La Salsa, a lap dancing bar.

Representatives from the Women's Centre have decided to mount an opposition to La Salsa's licence, and they are not alone. They're being support by White Ribbon UK, an international charity committed to ending male violence against women. White Ribbon's UK headquarters are just a few miles away from Silver Street. They believe the club forms part of a culture that leads to harmful behaviour toward women and a venue such as this directly opposite a haven for  vulnerable women is unacceptable.

La Salsa's owner, Eduardo, sees things differently. In his eyes he's running a legitimate business which is above the law and staffed by people who are happy and content to work there. The dancers agree, for them, its their choice.

The objection will be heard by a meeting of the local authority, where the club will either close immediately or be permitted to remain open. Both parties will have their chance to make their case, but no one can be certain of the verdict.

Produced by Sam Peach

Flower power as Yorkshire stars visit gold canal garden

The gold medal-winning Yorkshire canal garden at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show has been attracting some of the region's most famous faces.

Judy Dench
Welcome to Yorkshire

Designed by Mark Gregory, the display brings Yorkshire to the heart of London by incorporating a canal lock built from reclaimed York stone, a lock keeper's cottage, authentic lock gates and a meadow.

Ian McMillan
Welcome to Yorkshire

York's acting royalty, Dame Judy Dench (top), visited in an aptly floral dress and the Bard of Barnsley, poet Ian McMillan (above), who wrote a poem about the garden, did some pensive pondering amid the tranquil scene.

Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton
Welcome to Yorkshire

Meanwhile, Harrogate's Jim Carter (Downton Abbey's Carson) and wife Imelda Staunton appeared ready to help out should an errant canal boat appear...

In pictures: Cable damage delays East Coast trains

If you're travelling on the East Coast Main Line this morning, this is the reason why you may well have been affected by long delays and slow progress:

Overhead cable
LNER

Train company LNER has released this image of the damage caused to an overhead cable between Retford and Newark North Gate.

The damage means the southbound line of the East Coast Main Line is currently blocked.

Hull, Leeds, Newcastle and London trains are affected and may be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 minutes, according to National Rail Enquries.

The company says it doesn't know yet what caused the damage. Disruption is expected until 12:00.

Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry day with some sunshine and it'll feel pleasantly warm.

Watch my full forecast here:

Murder accused 'watched stabbing videos'

A teenager accused of murdering a 17-year-old boy at a Halloween party in Halifax watched stabbing videos online days before the killing, a jury has heard.

James Brown
West Yorkshire Police

Jamie Brown, 17, died from a single wound after being attacked in Ovenden on 27 October.

The accused, also 17, who cannot be named, denies murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter.

Leeds Crown Court heard he looked at a graphic video of a man being stabbed to death in a jail "out of curiosity".

He also denies wounding with intent, violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon.

Three other youths also face charges.

The trial continues.

Yorkshire garden wins gold at Chelsea Flower Show

A garden celebrating Yorkshire's canals and industrial heritage has won a gold medal at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.

Canal gates in garden
Welcome to Yorkshire

The garden, by tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire and designed by Mark Gregory, features genuine canal lock gates donated by the Canal & River Trust.

It's the 10th time Welcome to Yorkshire has entered a garden at the famous Royal Horticultural Society competition and was described as its "most ambitious to date".

Reacting to the news, Welcome to Yorkshire said it was "amazing news" and that it was "over the moon".

Yorkshire's sunny Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It will be warm, dry and sunny today.

It will remain dry tonight with light winds.

However, there is the chance of mist developing in some areas:

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Can lock gates open floodgates on flower show success?

It's hoped that two canal lock gates will help raise the level of Yorkshire's chances at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show today.

Lock gates
BBC

The canals of West Yorkshire are the inspiration for East Yorkshire designer Mark Gregory's garden representing tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire.

It features two genuine lock gates donated by the Canal & River Trust.

About 170,000 visitors and 500 exhibitors from across the world are expected at the London show.

Watch: Monday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Today will see sunny spells and slow-moving showers - with showers most widespread this afternoon.

Watch my full forecast here:

New summer train timetable: Check before you travel

If you've got a train to catch in Yorkshire today it might be a good idea to check the timetable before you set off as it's the first working day of the new summer timetable.

Train departure board
Getty Images

Train companies say they are making every effort to avoid the chaos, disruption and cancellations which happened at this time last year.

Network Rail says it's learned the lessons of last summer's disruption when a more extensive shake-up led to weeks of chaos on the Northern network and on Govia Thameslink.

Train operators say they will monitor the latest changes carefully and respond quickly to any problems.

Monday's Yorkshire weather forecast

BBC Weather

There should be some sunny spells today, but along with the sun, some showers.

The showers will be most widespread this afternoon when some will be heavy and thundery.

The rain will slowly die away this evening, leaving it dry overnight with clear periods:

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Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Monday morning, most services appear to be running to time so far.

However:

  • The 07:06 Leeds to Brighouse service has been cancelled
  • The 07:30 Bradford Interchange to Huddersfield service has been cancelled
  • The 07:38 Leeds to Lincoln service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Big turnout as Duke of Wellington memorial unveiled

More than 100 people turned out to see the unveiling of a memorial to the former Halifax-based Duke of Wellington Regiment.

Unveiling of the Duke of Wellington memorial
Calderdale Council

More than 300 years of the Dukes, as they were known, came to an end when the regiment was absorbed into the Yorkshire Regiment in 2006.

Master sculptor Andrew Sinclair says senior officers asked him to create the 18ft bronze work of art to "celebrate the old regiment's illustrious history".

The Duke of Wellington memorial
Calderdale Council

It was unveiled in front of the crowd by the current Duke of Wellington at The Woolshops earlier.

Memorial to historic regiment to be unveiled

BBC Spotlight

sculpture
BBC

A unique memorial created in Devon, which commemorates more than 300 years of service by the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, will be officially revealed today.

The 18ft (5.5m) statue was built by sculptor Andrew Sinclair and weighs 1.5 tonnes.

It recognises the service of more than 205,000 men, as well as the families who supported them.

It will be unveiled at a ceremony in Halifax later.

Duke of Wellington Regimental Memorial unveiled in Halifax

A memorial to the former Halifax-based Duke of Wellington Regiment is due to be unveiled by the Duke's modern-day namesake later today.

The Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Memorial
Calderdale Council

More than 300 years of the Dukes, as they were known, came to an end when the regiment was absorbed into the Yorkshire Regiment in 2006.

Master sculptor Andrew Sinclair says senior officers asked him to create the 18ft bronze work of art to "celebrate the old regiment's illustrious history".

The unveiling ceremony is due to take place at The Woolshops at about 15:15, preceded by a service and concert in Halifax Minster at 13:30.

The sculpture will be unveiled by the current Duke of Wellington, whose family has had a close association with the regiment ever since Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke, joined the 33rd Regiment of Foot in the 18th Century.

Watch: Friday's weather forecast

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A largely dry morning and the risk of some patchy rain this afternoon.

Watch my full forecast here:

Friday's Yorkshire weather forecast

BBC Weather

This morning will be largely dry, but there is the risk of some patchy rain this afternoon.

Rain will move in from the North Sea through the course of this evening and overnight.

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Violent gang suspects held in dawn raids

Suspected gang members thought to have been involved in robberies and assaults across Yorkshire were arrested in dawn raids earlier.

Police officers climb through a broken window
Greater Manchester Police

Greater Manchester Police led an operation at seven properties in Oldham as part of a crackdown on an organised crime group.

Five men – aged 22, 28, 28, 30 and 38 – have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit burglary.

Officers raid a property
Greater Manchester Police

The gang are thought to operate in West and South Yorkshire and are being investigated in connection with 120 offences, including aggravated burglary, robbery, car theft, assault, violent disorder and criminal damage.

Police forces in Yorkshire have been working with Greater Manchester Police as part of Operation Hansford.

Police officers with a man who's been arrested
Greater Manchester Police

All five men remain in police custody for questioning.

HS2 construction should have started in North - Report

Construction of the planned high-speed rail link connecting Leeds and Sheffield with London should have started in the north of England, a House of Lords committee has said.

HS2
HS2

The first phase of HS2 will run from London to Birmingham through Warwickshire and is scheduled to open in December 2026.

The project is expected to cost £56bn, but there are fears this figure will increase as the rail line is built.

Henri Murison, director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, says the government also needs to improve links between Sheffield and Leeds and between Manchester and Sheffield at the same time.

"You should be trying to deliver HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail together. That could deliver significant savings", he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"If at the same time you're trying to improve the line, or build new bits of infrastructure between, say, Sheffield and Leeds and Sheffield and Manchester, it makes perfect sense to build that at the same time as the new HS2 line."

The government says it disagrees with the committee's findings.

Watch: Thursday's weather forecast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A dry day with sunny spells, but there will be areas of cloud and it'll be cooler than yesterday.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A fine sunny start this morning.

This afternoon it will remain dry and sunny, but some cloud will build.

The cloud is expected to become more extensive through tonight and will thicken enough to give some light showers:

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